Let’s Try Something Different – Protect Citizens Not Guns

I’ve seen a lot of reporting on the gun control debate.  Since I’m not a journalist, I likely will not have the best form of the argument, but let’s try, shall we?

First, we can only talk about the right to bear arms, if we discuss it in the frame of the 2nd Amendment.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

I’ve seen some posts by lots of people smarter than I, on this subject.  Some have referenced that this is not the end. It’s like footnotes, and clauses that you need to reference.  For instance, “A well regulated Militia” has it’s own definition.  This was meant to be regulated at the federal and state levels.  That would mean, that the framers didn’t really intend every citizen to be able to arm themselves as much as they want.  Rather, they wanted the country to be able to defend itself against a tyrant or a despot.

Many will say, but we should be able to have guns, in case we want to protect ourselves from our government.  I would say that might be a coup, but let’s follow that logic for a quick sec.  Our government has arguable a quite large stockpile of weapons.  It’s absurd to think that your right to bear arms would ever be to protect you from our government.  Even it if would be for that purpose, it would be in vain.  I know, it’s a silly argument to bring up, but I’m trying to look at that amendment and figure out how to make it work for everyone.  I want to make it work for those, who desperately want their rights to own their guns.  I also want to make it work for those, who don’t want to lose a family member to a mass shooting.

I know many responsible gun owners.  I have no problem with them owning guns, but that’s because I consider them to be responsible people.  I know hunters who hunt, and they eat what they hunt.  I have respect for that.  I have even greater respect for people who use a bow and arrow, but that’s my opinion and I’m fine with admitting that.

The way I read the 2nd Amendment, it was added to the constitution (as it is an Amendment) for the sole purpose “being necessary to the security of a free State”.  It wasn’t meant for each person’s personal safety, hunting prowess, or enjoyment. It was to ensure our country remained a free one.

So here’s what I think.  In this day and age, it’s not realistic to make all guns illegal.  There are some people out there who would cry havoc and might even revolt at such a suggestion.  I think we can make a lot of changes to how things work now, that would still mean that a majority of gun owners would get to keep a majority of their guns, and nothing would change for them.  While this may not be what the framers intended, it might be a way we can all move forward without having to keep finding out there was another mass shooting.  The only ones not sick of it are gun and bullet manufacturer’s.  Their sales go through the roof, when this happens.  They literally profit off this misery.  I’m not interested in what helps them. I’m interested in serving the memory of those we’ve lost, and protecting those who are still here.

This is my laundry wish list of things Congress should enact, to keep all American’s safer.  After all, protecting the right of some citizens, to bear unlimited arms, is a failing of their duty to protect all citizens from this domestic threat.

  1. Ban all assault weapons – These weapons were designed for military use, and should only be legal for military use.  Active duty, in the field, only.
  2. Ban all armor piercing rounds – Citizens should never have bullets that can pierce the armor a police officer would be wearing to protect themselves.  Plain and simple.
  3.  Require that users take an exam to get a permit, just like before you get a license to drive.  You cannot own a gun yet.  You have to go to gun ranges, take safety courses, and then take a written and practical test in order to get a license.
    1. Periodically renew license with re-taking test.  Don’t like it?  It’s a hassle?  So is watching a loved one die at a concert or in an elementary school.  You can deal with re-taking a test every 2 years.
  4. Require that each gun be registered and have insurance, just like a car.
  5. Require that bullets be registered and insured too.  Then we can track them back to the owner, who is then responsible for their use.
  6. Maybe have a standard license, which would allow for standard types of guns (gun experts would be best at deciding these) and then more extensive tests etc for specialized licenses for owning specialized guns
  7. No gun sales to those who have a record of mental illness (duh)
  8. No gun sales to those who have a record of domestic violence (duh)
  9. No gun sales to those who are on the no fly list (duh)
  10. Close all background check loop holes.  You go to buy a gun, there will be at least a 48 hour waiting period, and I think 1 week should be ok.  If you are in that much of a hurry to buy a gun, we might want to know why.

I’d love to see what other people can come up with.  Of course the bump stock thing is going around, because that was used in this Las Vegas attack, but if we ban assault weapons, won’t that make it moot?  If not, then let’s add that.  It seems the GOP and the NRA are willing to move on that, though likely it’s just so it won’t look like they are doing nothing.

I am really not a fan of guns. I wish we lived in a world without them, but we don’t. I at least would like responsible gun owners to stand up and say that we need good gun control laws. That having those laws won’t infringe on the privilege of having a gun, but it will help to protect every citizen’s right to live in a wold without mass shootings.  The NRA and GOP want to say it won’t do any good, but if they really believe that, why are they against it?  We pass legislation to name bridges after people.  Let’s pass these laws, and if the gun violence stats don’t go down, they can say “I told you so”.  Don’t we owe it to every person lost, and every person forever grieving, to at least try?

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